A Gazetteer of Southern India: With the Tenasserim Provinces and Singapore. Atlas

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Pharoah, 1855 - India - 728 pages
 

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Page 273 - The sepoys came to Clive, not to complain of their scanty fare, but to propose that all the grain should be given to the Europeans, who required more nourishment than the natives of Asia. The thin gruel, they said, which was strained away from the rice, would suffice for themselves. History contains no more touching instance of military fidelity, or of the influence of a commanding mind.
Page 273 - During fifty days the siege went on. During fifty days the young captain maintained the defence, with a firmness, vigilance, and ability which would have done honour to the oldest marshal in Europe. The breach, however, increased day by day. The garrison began to feel the pressure of | hunger. Under such circumstances, any troops so scantily provided with officers might have been expected to show signs of insubordination; and the...
Page 351 - It is composed of seven square enclosures, one within the other, the walls of which are twenty-five feet high, and four thick. These enclosures are three hundred and fifty feet distant from one another, and each has four large gates, with a high tower ; which are placed, one in the middle of each side of the enclosure, and opposite to the four cardinal points. The outward wall is near four miles in circumference...
Page 273 - Cssar, or of the Old Guard of Napoleon. The Sepoys came to Clive, not to complain of their scanty fare, but to propose that all the grain should be given to the Europeans, who required more nourishment than the natives of Asia. The thin gruel, they said, which was strained away from the rice, would...
Page 407 - Vigay, retaining its name, proceeds eastward for six miles, losing itself in a salt-marsh which extends nearly five miles in length, and about a mile and a half in breadth, where, from the saline nature of the soil, a considerable quantity of salt is extracted.
Page 279 - Hindu superstition develops itself on this occasion. The jewels which a woman has worn with pride from infancy are voluntarily left before the idol ; She appears with a shabby cloth before the stone God, and presents a splendid one which has never been worn, she tears the bangles from her infant's little legs and fondly hopes that the God whom she " sees in the clouds and hears in the wind " will shower down his blessings on her and hers.
Page 200 - Stevens had with liim eight sail of the line, two frigates, a fire-ship, and a ship with stores. From 8 PM of the 31st December, till 10 PM, there was a constant succession of very heavy squalls. About 10 PM, Admiral Stevens, in the Norfolk (having for his captain the gallant and unfortunate Kempenfelt), was forced to cut his cable, and made the signal for the squadron to do the same. But the noise and violence of the gale was such that no guns could be heard or signals observed. The other commanders...
Page 273 - During fifty days the ydung captain maintained the defence, with a firmness, vigilance, and ability, which would have done honour to the oldest marshal in Europe. The breach, however, increased day by day. The garrison began to feel the pressure of hunger. Under Such circumstances, any troops so scantily provided with officers might have been expected to show signs of insubordination ; and the danger was peculiarly great in a force composed of men differing widely from each othet in extraction, colour,...
Page 198 - ... miles from Madras. Their diameters are about 150 miles, and they revolve in a direction contrary to the hands of a watch. When the hurricane's centre comes right on to Madras, and there takes a west course, the wind is first at N., increasing in violence for a few hours, and then a lull or perfect calm for half an hour or so, when the hurricane recommences furiously from the exactly opposite quarter, south. This is in accordance with the theory of cyclones. Usually the gale commences about NNW,...
Page 201 - ... and either capsized or foundered. The crews, in number eleven hundred, perished, except seven Europeans and as many lascars, who were next day picked up floating on pieces of wreck. On 21st October 1763, a cyclone occurred at Madras, which lasted 14 hours; all the ships driven on shore were stranded. On the 21st October 1773, a violent hurricane visited Madras. It began at NW, and ended with the wind easterly. (It must have travelled SW, and the vortex passed south of Madras. ) The men-of-war...

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